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Port Elizabeth - A general manager for an Eastern Cape development trust has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for corruption involving R3 million.

Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson Captain Anelisa Feni said on Friday that Samuel Banzana, 54, was sentenced to 12 years by the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crime court.

"As a manager of Mzingisi Development Trust, Banzana solicited bribes to award building contracts for hundreds of houses in Port Elizabeth," Feni said. "This crime was conducted between the years 2004 and 2011. Banzana used the money to settle his house and vehicle debts."

The Serious Commercial Crime unit of the Hawks started to investigate Banzana’s activities during November 2011 and he was found guilty on 23 March 2017.
 
African News Agency